Happy Black History Month! This year the Rediscovering Black History blog at the National Archives would like to highlight select posts from the past. This public blog was created to inform researchers, scholars, students, and anyone interested in records related to African-American history at the National Archives and Presidential Libraries on the vast amount of textual, electronic, photographs, and special media available for use. For the past four years, NARA employees, student interns, and independent researchers have written informative and insightful blogs on the black experience through the use of our holdings. The highlighted blog posts for the month of February will center around popular themes. Today’s theme is Black Power.
In 2016, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Black Power movement in America. The blogs posted about Black Power were some of our most popular. They related to such topics as the Black Panthers, individuals who made strides within Black Power, and attempts towards black economic independence. The black power blogs were also written in part to promote NARA Say it Loud! Employee Affinity Group’s panel presentation “Revolutionary Movements Then and Now: Black Power and Black Lives Matter,” which was held in October 2016 at the National Archives in Washington, D. C.
- “Elaine Brown: Leader and Activist” by Daniella Furman
- “Black Power Politics: The Congressional Black Caucus” by Tina L. Ligon
- “Unbought and Unbossed: Shirley Chisholm and the 1972 Presidential Run” by Tiffany Walker
- “”Turn this Town Out”: Stokely Carmichael, Black Power and the March against Fear” by Tina L. Ligon
- “Black Panther: A News Reel Video” by Tina L. Ligon
- “Soul City, North Carolina!” by Tina L. Ligon
- “Revolutionary Movements Then and Now: Black Power and Black Lives Matter”